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Posted October 12, 2014 by Creature Features

What's been spreading virally lately? Besides Ebola, it's an odd-looking velvet worm dubbed Eoperipatus Totoro. Scientists who named the peripatetic creature were reminded not only of Totoro himself but also of the mythical, multi-legged Catbus.

Posted October 11, 2014 by Ron Callari

It’s a strange paradox to think of the Russian leader whose current image is that of a threatening totalitarian dictator could
also be fond of a wide variety of animals, both domestic and wild. With
mounting American and European sanctions, his hands have been slapped
countless times for his overt military aggression against the Ukraine. And when The Malaysian Arilines Boeing 777 was shot down on July 17th, . . .

 

Posted October 11, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

A five-month old street dog in India took a wrong turn and ended up accidentally falling into a pool of tar that had been spilled at a construction site in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. By the time the animal welfare organization Animal Aid Unlimited was able to rush to his side they found him solid and stuck to the ground. The poor pup's situation was dire.

Posted October 10, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Just one look at this photo of Augustin OLD and you just know that there has to be a story behind it. The beloved champion dressage horse works hard with his human mom to stay in shape and be ready for the many shows he enters. For most people, though, he is known for this cute pic of him with his best friends that has been making the rounds of the internet for a while now.

Posted October 7, 2014 by Ron Callari

Looking into the future, if man was to discover alien life-forms with super abilities such as flight or X-ray vision, would
we want to add those genes to our current DNA make-up to give humans a
bit of an evolutionary push? Sounds like something out of a science
fiction novel, don’t you think? Yet, currently underway in laboratories
around the world, research teams our testing out whether human gene
transplants in animals can improve. . .

Posted September 30, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

A snail is not exactly the sort of animal that you think of as a pet unless it is moseying around the walls of your aquarium. However there are a lot of people out there who have found joy, love, and even cuddles through adopting large mollusks as pets. Believe it or not the gentle vegetarians actually like to be held and pet much like dogs and cats -- it just seems a little creepier.

Posted September 29, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest turtles on earth and the fourth largest reptile right behind three species of crocodilians. They migrate between feeding grounds and nesting areas. It has been a mystery to scientists and researchers for years as to how they know just when to make the change. Now it appears that an area on the crown of their heads may be the key.

Posted September 29, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

In a bid for a new way for people to help soothe their anxious dogs, DogTV asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the rock band fun. to come up with a psychoacoustic piece of music. The resulting unnamed piece, created just for dogs, premiered on the network earlier this year. It made headlines around the world.